Changing into breeding plumage

This Wood Duck drake is starting to regrow his colourful breeding plumage, and will soon be the handsomest boy in the pond!

   2 September 2023
   Wood Duck
   1/1600s    f/9   282mm   ISO 1600
A male Wood Duck is changing into his breeding plumage. His face is still mostly grey and white, but there a strip of very short green / purple feathers on the top of his head